Ruffa Gutierrez shared that her ex-husband Yilmaz Bektas will be visiting the Philippines in June to see their children.
In an interview with philstar.com, the actress relayed that Yilmaz wants to make it up to their children Lorin and Venice whom he was not able to see for many years.
“Nare-realize niya that time is so precious, that we’re getting old na and he wants to spend time with the kids. So, sabi ko kay Yilmaz, ‘let’s do step by step muna, let’s try to be co-parents to our children first,'” Ruffa said.
However, Ruffa remarked that they haven't discussed reconciliation yet because of what happened to them in the past.
The actress added that she still gets emotional each time she speaks to Yilmaz.
“Pinag-usapan namin ang mga bata, pinag-usapan namin ang past namin. The thing is every time I talk to Yilmaz, I always end up crying. The pain in my heart talaga, ganu’n kalalim. ‘Yung tinatago kong pain ng ilang years na nakalimutan ko na siya, tuwing kausap ko siya, bumabalik ‘yung pain na ‘yun,” she stated.
Ruffa further relayed that she left Yilmaz before not because she fell out of love but because she wanted to love herself first.
“Siya ‘yung pain na gusto mo nang kalimutan at ibaon sa lupa na ayaw mo nang maramdaman ‘yung ganun klaseng pain, kasi iniwan ko siya na mahal na mahal ko pa rin siya. Pero mas mahal ko ang sarili ko."
“‘Yun ang nangyari sa amin, eh. Hindi naman dahil nag-fall out of love ako sa kanya. It’s more of I had to learn how to love myself first," she remarked.
As a parent, Ruffa said that she raised Lorin and Venice on her own.
"Gusto ko lang ipaalam at ipakita kay Yilmaz na kayang-kaya ko. Na kahit wala siya, wala akong nakuhang isang kusing sa kanya, but kinaya kong palakihin ang mga anak ko," she said.